2002-07-06 - Todd Beamer
This past week, we received an e-mail that mentioned Todd Beamer and his story. I was reminded of a verse that the Lord is teaching me to live out:
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
The Lord has been showing me, both through circumstances and through others, that He wants me to know these words in my heart. I wanted to share a passage from the email:
"It was the voice of Todd Beamer, the passenger... and Wheaton College graduate who said, 'Ready? Let's roll' as he led the charge against the terrorists who had hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 --, the one, you will remember, that crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.The whole world knows how brave Beamer and his fellow passengers were on September 11th. But this week we learned more fully what buttressed that bravery: Faith in Jesus Christ. Todd died as he lived . A faithful evangelical believer.
"In an article titled "The Real Story of Flight 93," Newsweek reveals gripping new details from the actual transcripts of the now-recovered cockpit voice recorder. 'Todd had been afraid, "Newsweek relates. More than once, he cried out for his Savior.' After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer Center in Oakbrook, Illinois . He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said. And then he asked her to pray with him. As Newsweek relates.'Beamer kept a Lord's Prayer bookmark in his Tom Clancy novel, but he didn't need any prompting. He began to recite the ancient litany, and Jefferson joined him: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. As they finished, Beamer added, 'Jesus, help me.' And then, Beamer and his fellow passengers prayed a prayer that has comforted millions down through the centuries . The prayer that David wrote in a time of great anguish: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want ... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. And then the famous last words: 'Ready? Let's roll.' We now know from the cockpit voice recorder, that Beamer and other passengers wrestled with the hijackers and forced the plane to crash into the ground, killing themselves but foiling what was believed to have been the hijackers' plan to fly Flight 93 into the Capitol or the White House. As Christians, we know that God can bring good out of evil. In Todd Beamer, the world witnesses a faith that held up in the extremity of fear. A faith that is even now comforting his widow and two young sons.'
"That's it you know. It's faith in Jesus Christ that enables us to live each day knowing that regardless what circumstances we face, He is going to be right there with us. It's that faith, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that allows us to live out each day knowing that 'God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.'" Amen
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Psalm 122:6
In His Service,